Latin Salsa Cubana Workshop


Music and dance are in 4/4 time. Its basic tools are claves and conga. Salsa music is a patchwork of many Cuban music ingredients, Son, Danzon and Rumba. Salsa encounters many music elements from the Caribbean, North and South America, such as Bomba, Plena, Cumbia, Poro, Mambo, Jazz, Samba.
Immigrants from Cuba, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries have contributed to the evolution of salsa in New York. Son was a cornerstone for the rhythm and the musical backbone of salsa.

In other words Salsa Cubana. It is a direct ancestor of the world known Salsa dance. It was formed by the Son and Rock 'n Roll union in 40s and 50s. Mambo, Cha cha cha and Son were a Cuban dancers’ specialty. Son danced in Casinos is changing gradually. In Casino mostly whites were dancing, who were mainly following the melody and that’s why they we dancing on one. Jazz, Foxtrot and Rock 'n Roll influenced Son in Casino. As a result, the well-known Rock 'n Roll twists passed to Son and thus this form named Son Casino. Casino is exclusively danced by couples with an absolute harmony of upper and lower limbs. It is really typical that the man leads and the woman allows to be led. In Casino could be developed more by the dancer’s improvisations (Contra Tiempos) and other rhythm hints, such as Son, Danzon and Cha cha cha.

Rhythm and dance from the Dominican Republic. The word Bachata means yard or yard ball, because in the beginning it was only accompanied by a guitar in small parties. Came from Bolero. At first was the lower social class music. In recent years (since 1990) this music became more approachable for the general public and bloomed. In Bachata spreading in the Dominican Republic a radio station contributed, without which it would not have ever come out of its socially restricted position. Really important for the spreading of this specific rhythm was the CD-album of Juan Luis Guierra “Bachata Rosa 1”.

There are some versions presenting Ballroom dances as dances danced in big ballrooms. Officially there are two recognized teaching systems: the American and the International Style. The differences spotted between the two systems are mainly in method and terminology given to the dance types and stunts. The American Style is devided into two main dance categories; social dancing and the competitive dancing. It should be noted that the Olympic Committee is considering including Ballroom dances in the Olympic Games! Most of times dancers involved begin with the American Style Ballroom and later, being experienced enough, the International style follows.

The American Style Ballroom includes two dance types; European or Smooth and Latin. The European Dances being taught include Viennese Waltz & Foxtrot, while Latin includes Rumba, Cha Cha & Samba. Besides Latin dances including fast dances and ones with a rhythmic expression, in FEX hustle or disco, rock n 'roll & jive are taught.

In other words, unlike other sports and exercises, dance is an experience in which the whole body is involved. In these dances, the body finds its proper upright posture and assimilates it. Partners practise their movements’ harmony and learn how to function as a couple. Men are those who lead and women the ones who follow.

Υπεύθυνοι Εργαστηρίου: 

Vasilis Marapidis and Polina
He was born in Esslingen, Germany. He began his studies in “Estudio Sudamerica” Dance School in 1997 (Berlin-Germany). He was taught Salsa cubana by great teachers like Juan Jose Ortiz, Israel Gutierez, Seo Fernandez etc. Vasilis Marapidis was a member of “Mas Salsa” dance team since 2001 (Berlin) and attended many seminars and salsa festivals in Europe. In 2002 being really keen to introduce and show this incredible dance type in Greece founded one of the first salsa cubana dance schools in Greece (Thessaloniki) and called it “THESsalsoNIKI”. Since then he travels all over the region and teaches in Salsa Cubana workshops. He has organized a significant number of workshops and salsa festivals and shows in Greece and outside the country. He also organised the TROPICAL & THESSALONIKI AFROCUBAN SALSAFEST 2011 -2012.
The last three years teaches and dances with his life partner Polina Roula.
Polina dances (mostly salsa) for four years now. She was trained in THESsalsoNIKI and has attended too many seminars outside Greece ... Her zeal and dedication to dance brought quick results…


Salsa Cubana

Salsa Cubana, Merengue, Bachata (Vasilis Ioannidis)
Arion Stadium, every Monday, 21:00-22:00 (intermediate)
Arion Stadium, every Monday, 22:00-23:00 (advanced)

Salsa Cubana, Merengue, Bachata (Vasilis Ioannidis)
Home of Culture, every Wednesday, 21:30-23:00 (beginners)

Salsa Cubana, Merengue, Bachata (Vasilis Marapidis and Polina)

Saturday 01/12/2013, Home of Culture

17:30- 19:00, Group A [beginners]
19:15-20:45, Group B [Intermediate]
21:00-22:30, Group C [Advanced]
Saturday 16/02/2013, Home of Culture 

17:30- 19:00, Group A [beginners]
19:15-20:45, Group B [Intermediate]
21:00-22:30, Group C [Advanced]

Saturday 09/03/2013, Home of Culture 

17:30- 19:00, Group A [beginners]
19:15-20:45, Group B [Intermediate]
21:00-22:30, Group C [Advanced]

Saturday 13/04/2013, Home of Culture 

17:30- 19:00, Group A [beginners]
19:15-20:45, Group B [Intermediate]
21:00-22:30, Group C [Advanced]

Saturday 11/05/2013, Home of Culture 

17:30- 19:00, Group A [beginners]
19:15-20:45, Group B [Intermediate]
21:00-22:30, Group C [Advanced]

Saturday 08/06/2013, Home of Culture

17:30- 19:00, Group A [beginners]
19:15-20:45, Group B [Intermediate]
21:00-22:30, Group C [Advanced]

Contact us: 
+30 25410 25421




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